Urban transport news from Europe

  • Firenze tram
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    Urban rail grants allocated to Italian cities

    2021-12-03T05:00:00Z

    ITALY: Urban rail investments in various cities have been allocated funding from national or European sources.

  • Tyne & Wear Metro new Stadler train bodyshell (2)
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    First Tyne & Wear Metro train bodyshell completed

    2021-12-02T15:40:00Z

    UK: The first aluminium bodyshell for the Tyne & Wear Metro’s new fleet of custom-designed trainsets been completed at Stadler’s St Margrethen factory in Switzerland, and is now ready for fitting out. ‘Completing the first bodyshell is a highly symbolic landmark in the manufacturing process, and ...

  • Uppsala proposed tramway impression
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    Uppsala council approves tram plan

    2021-11-30T14:00:00Z

    SWEDEN: Uppsala municipal council has voted in favour of plans to build a tramway to link Uppsala C station and the city centre with the southern suburbs of Gottsunda and Ultuna and a planned new station at Bergsbrunna. The proposed network would total 17 route-km, with ...

  • NGE will build on the experience accumulated by TSO on the EOLE project in Paris
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    TSO-Eiffage consortium wins Paris track and electrification contract

    2021-11-30T05:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Project promoter Société du Grand Paris has awarded the main rail infrastructure contract for Grand Paris Express automated metro Line 16 to a consortium of TSO, TSO Caténaires and Eiffage Rail. Running entirely underground, the 27·5 km Line 16 is due to be completed by ...

  • Catania metro train delivery
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    Titagarh Firema metro cars arrive in Catania

    2021-11-25T05:00:00Z

    Photos: Mobilità Catania ITALY: The first two-car metro trainset to be manufactured by Titagarh Firema for the Catania metro has been delivered to the Sicilian city, ready for the start of test running in the coming weeks. A framework agreement between operator Ferrovie Circumetnea and Titagarh ...

  • Beograd metro start of work November 2021
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    Beograd metro preliminary works begin as rail plan approved

    2021-11-23T16:43:00Z

    SERBIA: The Beograd city assembly has approved a general plan for development of the proposed metro as well as expansion of the suburban rail and tram networks, and preliminary site clearance works for the future metro depot have begun. The plan adopted ...

  • Thales Grand Paris Express ticket gate
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    Grand Paris Express fare collection contract

    2021-11-23T14:28:00Z

    FRANCE: Société du Grand Paris has selected Thales and IER’s Easier business to supply revenue collection systems for Grand Paris Express automated metro lines 15, 16, 17 and 18. The contract includes the supply of almost 500 ticket office and self-service ticket ...

  • West Midlands Metro tram in Birmingham city centre (Photo: Tony MIles)
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    West Midlands Metro governance inquiry launched

    2021-11-22T10:26:00Z

    UK: An independent review into the governance of the West Midlands Metro light rail network is to be carried out in the wake of the withdrawal of the CAF tram fleet which operates services between Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

  • Sofia Pesa Swing tram (5)
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    Sofia orders 25 trams after delayed process

    2021-11-22T05:00:00Z

    BULGARIA: Sofia operator Elektrotransport has ordered 25 Swing trams from Pesa Bydgoszcz, the Polish manufacturer’s fourth order from the city. They are to be delivered in 2023, taking the city’s Pesa fleet to 62 of the Swing design. The latest batch of 1 009 mm gauge ...

  • it-Torino tram-Bacic
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    Juventus tram link approved

    2021-11-19T05:53:00Z

    ITALY: Torino municipality has given the final go-ahead for tram Line 12, which will link Juventus’ Allianz football stadium in the northwest of the city with Corso Lepanto in the south.

  • Baselland tram operator BLT has formally awarded Stadler a SFr125m contract to supply 25 TINA trams.
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    BLT signs contract for 25 TINA trams

    2021-11-16T08:58:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Baselland tram operator BLT has formally awarded Stadler a SFr125m contract to supply 25 TINA trams. Stadler had been named preferred bidder in February. The contract signed on November 12 followed agreement on the vehicle specifications, together with the confirmation of funding from the federal ...

  • Birmingham West Midlands Metro tram (Photo: CAF)
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    West Midlands Metro services suspended over tram cracks

    2021-11-12T17:19:00Z

    UK: West Midlands Metro announced on November 12 that services would be suspended for at least four weeks from the following day because of cracking on its CAF Urbos 3 trams. The manufacturer discovered cracks during maintenance checks in June, and services were suspended from June ...

  • Long reaction application
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    Custom tool developed for London Underground train maintenance

    2021-11-12T12:45:00Z

    UK: Norbar Torque Tools’ specialist engineering department has developed a unique tool to meet London Underground’s requirements for removing and refitting the inter-car coupler mounting bolts on the Victoria Line fleet. The coupler mounting on the Bombardier Transportation trainsets has four bolts with a significant boss ...

  • Krakow tram depot
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    Tram bogie on test

    2021-11-11T05:00:00Z

    POLAND: Stadler has begun dynamic test of its TINA tram bogie, which is designed to improve ride quality while reducing noise and wear of the moving parts. The bogie is being tested in Kraków on a Tango tram which was built for research purposes. This is ...

  • Transport for London staff assist blind passenger
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    London Underground consults on accessibility priorities

    2021-11-10T07:00:00Z

    UK: Transport for London has begun a public consultation to help it prioritise works to make London Underground stations more accessible. It is seeking feedback on whether to focus on upgrading a single, complex central London station, or divide the available resources between small and medium-sized ...

  • Ostrava tram
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    Ostrava tram on test

    2021-11-08T05:00:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: City transport operator DP Ostrava has begun dynamic testing of the first of 35 Škoda Transportation ForCity Smart 39T trams which are being supplied under a KC1·7bn contract. Formal handover is scheduled for early next year. The contract for the 35 trams was signed at ...

  • Krasnoyarsk PK TS Lionet tram in factory (3)
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    Krasnoyarsk tram deliveries underway

    2021-11-05T06:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: PK TS’s Neva Electric Transport Works in St Petersburg has begun delivering 19 Type 71-911EM Lionet four-axle single-section low-floor trams ordered by the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. The order is being funded from a 2·4bn rouble federal Cleaner Air programme grant awarded to the city ...

  • Sheffield Supertram
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    Young people urged to consider careers in light rail

    2021-11-05T05:00:00Z

    UK: An engineering ‘skills gap’ across many sectors including light rail means there are opportunities for young people to play a major role in meeting future transport and environmental challenges, says UKTram. The industry body is developing a light rail career ‘roadmap’, and planning a series ...

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    Plzeň confirms ForCity tram order

    2021-11-04T05:00:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: Plzeň municipal transport operator PMDP has awarded Škoda Transportation a firm contract to supply a further 10 ForCity Smart X34 trams, designated Type 40T by the manufacturer. Valued at KC55m per vehicle, the order signed in October represents the first series build to be ...

  • Paris tram T10
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    RATP awarded Paris tramway T10 contract

    2021-11-02T09:40:00Z

    FRANCE: RATP Dev has been awarded an eight-year contract to operate the future tram Route T10 and eight nearby bus services in the southwestern suburbs of Paris. This is the second package of services to be competitively tendered by transport regional authority Île-de-France Mobilités. The 8·2 ...